Whether you boil, bake or fry gammon, there's no other meat quite like it.
Gammon is the hind leg of pork and it's cured by dry-salting or brining. The classic British centrepiece comes into its own in autumn and winter, as it's often served up at Christmas.
But this glorious meat shouldn't just be reserved for December 25th. From sandwiches to pies and pasta traybakes to roasts, here's how to make gammon the star of the show all year round!
Gammon mac and cheese with a crispy topping
We're combining three of our greatest loves (gammon, pasta and cheddar) to give a tasty twist to the classic dish, mac and cheese. This is perfect if you've got leftover gammon or fancy giving your bowl of pasta a rather festive makeover with winter flavours like parsnips, gammon and thyme making an appearance. Dare we say it, but we think we've found the ultimate comfort dish to indulge in this season.
Slow cooker gammon
Short on time? Try out our easy-to-make slow cooker gammon with a delicious root-veg side. Succulent pulled gammon irresistibly matched with a crisp and herby parsnip rösti and served up with a fresh salad. Put the gammon in the slow cooker at the beginning of the day and 30 minutes before you're ready to eat, cook the rosti. Try it out this Sunday for a modern roast dinner like no other.
Aperol & citrus baked gammon
The vibrant Italian aperitif, plus zesty oranges and lemons, give the traditional baked ham a zingy twist – just look how tasty it looks! Who knew gammon could take on so many flavours? Either way, this centrepiece is bound to go down a treat!
Ham, egg and chunky chips with pineapple relish
Update the pub-grub classic by pairing ginger beer-glazed gammon with a zingy, fruity pineapple relish. We've boiled the hunk of meat in ginger beer for 45 minutes and then basted it in a glaze of black treacle, allspice, more ginger and mustard. Then topped it with a runny egg. Delicious, even if we do say so ourselves!
Cranberry and pomegranate roast gammon
If you want to impress, look no further than this cranberry and pomegranate roast gammon concoction. Slow-cooked for melt-in-the-mouth succulence, the gammon has been finished with a sticky, tangy glaze. We'd serve this as an impressive Christmas centrepiece or as a special treat – just because!
Gammon with cabbage & leek mash
This quick recipe is another great comfort dish and is also handy for using up any leftover veggies. We've used gammon steaks in this method so it can be ready and served up in 30 minutes. It's a win-win!
Ham, leek and potato pie
Fan of pie? Then you'll love this must-try ham and potato pie. The light crispy filo pastry adds a delicate top to the creamy, comforting winter dish whilst the gammon adds some much-needed saltiness. If you don't want to use pastry, you could try omitting the potatoes from the filling and replacing with peas, and topping with mashed roast potatoes instead.
The Christmas classic is back! This glazed gammon is a feast for your tastebuds and your eyes. We've gone back to basics with this recipe and infused the meaty joint with veggies, peppercorns, rosemary, thyme and bay leaves then added cloves to its outer layer. Simply brush with honey and pop in the oven to glaze.
Ploughman’s Toastie with gammon
Perhaps the best way to eat gammon? In a sandwich, of course! Tuck into this mouth-watering treat which we've crammed with cranberry sauce, brie, sprouts, veg and topped with slices of thick-cut gammon. It's all the flavours of autumn and winter in one dish. We're sold!